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Fossil fuels and livestock grazing are often targeted as major culprits behind climate change and desertification. But Allan Savory, cofounder of the Savory Institute, begs to differ. The bigger problem, he warns, is our mismanagement of resources. Livestock grazing is not the problem; it's how we graze livestock. If we don't change the way we approach land management, irreparable harm from climate change could continue long after we replace fossil fuels with environmentally benign energy sources.

Holistic management is a systems-thinking approach for managing resources, developed by Savory decades ago after observing the devastation of desertification in his native Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). Properly managed livestock are key to restoring the world's grassland soils, the major sink for atmospheric carbon, and minimizing the most damaging impacts on humans and the natural world.

This audiobook updates Savory's paradigm-changing vision for reversing desertification, stemming the loss of biodiversity, eliminating fundamental causes of human impoverishment throughout the world, and climate change. Reorganized chapters make it easier for listeners to understand the framework for holistic management and the four key insights that underlie it.

This long-anticipated new edition is written for new generations of ranchers, farmers, ecological and social entrepreneurs, and development professionals working to address global environmental and social degradation. It offers new hope that a sustainable future for humankind and the world we depend on is within reach.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2016 Allan Savory and Jody Butterfield (P)2017 Allan Savory and Jody Butterfield

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  • Kyle Thomas
  • 2019-07-23

this wonderful knowledge needs mastered.

The information in this work is splendid. There are hisses that can be startling and painful when the volume is high in order to hear the quiet speech throughout.

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  • Shawn Oueinsteen
  • 2018-10-28

Ideas To Save the the World, Told Poorly

Savory's ideas about regenerative agriculture and how to do it are what all humans need to hear. But it would have helped if he had used a professional recording studio. He also could be less wordy and boring.

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  • Eric
  • 2018-12-05

Everyone should read this!

This book is an an example of what happens when a man has ideas and collaborates with openness, curiosity and love to see them developed. Allan Savory, by regularly collaborating to improve his management process has shown us all what the collective intelligence can do that individual cannot. We can regenerate our land and reverse climate change.

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  • George Walker
  • 2018-08-03

Wonderful

This is the direction we need to move, it makes compete sense. We are moving full steam ahead with holistic management on our farm.

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  • J. Oddo
  • 2018-07-12

Inspiring

Very inspiring. Well read. It provides a systematic framework for making decisions and monitoring decisions made. It is applicable to agriculture, people's personal lives, and urban America. This management system has potential to bridge the rural/urban gap that is present in America.

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  • J. Reimer
  • 2018-05-18

A Real Epiphany

As a learning farmer I was encouraged that so much quality of food and life can come from modest places. Allen casts a practical vision based on "wholeness." This is really brilliant!!

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  • Jordan
  • 2020-10-02

An amazing journey through a new paradigm of thinking

This book was a very easy listen for such large scale thinking of how to redesign our worlds. From business, to the farm, taking these principles of wholistic management into your daily life, and your overall planning, would serve you wise. The narrator, along with sections from Savory, were easy to hear, and understand, even at 1.7x speed. I can’t wait to purchase more books from savory and continue to apply these principles to every area of life.

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  • J. Casey Bourgeois
  • 2020-07-21

Personally can barely get through the narration.

This is an incredibly important book, but for me personally I find the narration impossible to stay focused on. It might just be me, but something about the narrator's voice and accent, It takes so much effort to listen. I'm constantly hitting rewind because I've spaced out and I'm thinking of other things. It's unfortunate because this book is a vital resource. Get the paper book!

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  • GiGi
  • 2020-06-24

Amazing book, really bad recording

At first I thought it was the app skipping back for some odd reason. Then realized it was actually bad editing of the recording. there are quite numerous times in the book when it just repeats itself from a few words to a whole 5 min( maybe even more( I think it was chapter 19, when he was talking about elephants.

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  • Anthony Woodside
  • 2020-02-18

This is full of information!

It normally doesn’t take much for me to plow through a large book like this. However this book has taken me over a month to read and try to digest. They give you step by step guide to creating your own holistic context.